We're going to be watching a wholly different version of The Walking Dead when it returns for Season 7. It won't be a claymation musical or anything, but these characters will be adjusting to living under a tyrant for the first time in the series, and the new video below gives us Negan's list of rules that Rick & Co. will be living under from now on. It won't be an easy one, guys.
Negan already looks like the kind of guy one would want to obey under the best conditions, but here in the post-apocalypse, he who holds the barb wired bat is king. (Heading up a sizable army of do-badders helps.) Here in the new world, there is absolutely no democracy, unless Negan wants it, and he's got a pretty hardcore way of running things that will not make for an easy adjustment for any non-Saviors.
"You earn what you take." The first ground rule laid out in this teaser, this one actually makes some form of sense if a normal person is saying it. There are certainly political "isms" to be found here that aren't ideal, but when you're living in a dog-eat-dog-and-eaten-dog-becomes-zombie world, one is kind of lucky to be able to take anything for themselves in the first place. Of course, Negan just takes what he wants regardless of if anyone else believes he's justified in doing so.
"Whatever you had going for you, that's over." That was already obvious for a certain someone whose brains will be flopping about when the season premiere kicks off. But there are a lot of characters who have things going in their lives. Rick and Michonne. Glenn and Maggie. Carl and Enid, maybe. We've got Eugene, who has only recently shed his more cowardly actions, and Abraham, who is currently at his own personality-driven crossroads. Not to mention just about every other person living in Alexandria. Hell, Daryl doesn't even have his bike or his jacket anymore, so he's going to have a lot to get used to.
"I am everywhere." The most frightening thing about Negan is his unpredictability, and there's nothing comforting about a villain who is always lurking in the shadows just out of view. And even if Negan himself isn't present, his army of cronies will be, and you can bet they'll pass on any relevant messages like the tattletales they are. Rick and his top peeps are going to have to come up with a better plan than anyone in that group has ever come up with before, if Negan is to be dealt with.
With characters new and old at its disposal, The Walking Dead will return to AMC for Season 7 on Sunday, October 23, at 9:00 p.m. ET. And if you have yet to watch anything from Season 6, it'll be hitting Netflix on September 15. To see when everything else is hitting the small screen later this year, check out our fall TV schedule.